|Das Keyboard Model S Professional|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Wednesday, 26 December 2012|
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Mechanical Keyboard Final Thoughts
Overall, the Das Keyboard Professional is excellent providing a wonderful experience in both typing and gaming. The tactile and auditory feedback of the Cherry MX Blue switches provided one of the best typing environments that a user could ask for. Metadot added lots of little extra's though that make this keyboard special to use, first the curvature makes for a very comfortable typing experience, something that after 8 hours of typing a user will really start to appreciate. The added features of the USB hub and media keys help round out the Das Keyboard Professional into extremely functional piece of hardware that will allow the user to move through their workflow without the needing to stop to plug new devices in or to change their music, perfect for a busy work environment.
I have very few complaints about the Das Keyboard Professional, definitely not enough to dissuade our readers from ordering this fantastic keyboard. First, in future revisions I would love to see the USB2.0 hub switched out for a USB3.0 hub especially now that USB3.0 devices are becoming more common; second, I would love to see Metadot bring out a version of the Das Keyboard with a matte finish for a keyboard. I think that it would look equally nice but it would not attract as much dust or be as fingerprint prone as the current generation of Das Keyboard is.
Das Keyboard Professional Conclusion
Performance in a keyboard is about being able to type quickly and accurately. The Das Keyboard Professional succeeds on both fronts providing a wonderful platform to type on comfortably while having as few mistakes as possible with haptic and auditory feedback from its Cherry MX Blue switches.
When the Das Keyboard Professional is clean it is absolutely gorgeous but due to the glossy exterior of its case keeping it clean can be a real chore. The glossy exterior is prone to collecting dust and fingerprints and although Metadot included a cleaning cloth with the Das Keyboard Professional, it still requires daily cleaning to really look its best.
At 3.4Lbs, the Das Keyboard Professional feels like a well-constructed machine built for the long haul. The metal switches being used are designed for 50 x 10^6 key presses which means that users should get many years of faithful service from their Das Keyboard Professional. Sadly, Metadot only provides a one-year warranty on the Das Keyboard Professional but with keyboard as well built as the Das Keyboard Professional I would expect the warranty would be long gone before any problems start to crop up.
Functionally the Das Keyboard Professional is above average. Metadot provides users with media controls, a USB hub, but provides no extras when it comes to extra keys, software to allow customization, or other extras that may be seen on "gaming" keyboards.
For $110.98 (Amazon) or $124.99 (Newegg), the Das Keyboard Model S Professional (model DASK3MKPROCLI) is a relatively expensive piece of equipment even for a mechanical keyboard. Two of my previously review mechanical keyboards the Razer BlackWidow and the CM Storm Quickfire Rapid can be had for nearly half the price. This price is not high enough to be unreasonable though, as keyboards like the SteelSeries 7G are still $40 more expensive but it does put the Das Keyboard on the high end of the spectrum.
In closing, if asked I would recommend the Das Keyboard, although it may not be in my opinion the best mechanical keyboard on the market it is still a great keyboard. The Das Keyboard Professional provides a great platform for a typist, while looking beautiful (when clean), providing users with media controls, and a USB 2.0 hub.
+ Haptic and auditory feedback can help increase a users typing speed
- One-year warranty
Final Score: 8.8 out of 10.
COMMENT QUESTION: Does the Das Keyboard appeal to you, or do you have another favorite?